No doubt about it, when I’ve had a “little too much bubbly” the night before, I crave pizza the next day.  There is something so comforting and palatable about a warm, cheezy pizza to me.

The Village Voice recently published on their blog, several NYC “Hangover Specials” …

Need a Hangover Helper? Try these Restaurant Dishes

By Lauren Shockey, Wed., Dec. 29 2010 @ 11:58AM

New Year’s Eve’s approaching. That single evening of fun and booze which results in a terrible hangover the next day. Everyone has his own cure, from drinking pickle juice to simply drinking more booze. Yesterday we told you how the pros deal with the splitting agony. Sometimes, though, a big plate of food is all you need. While many restaurants serve “hangover breakfasts,” these really just entail large portions of eggs and bacon and the like. But here are some restaurants that have particularly interesting “hangover” dishes meant to cure the ills. And although many of the below restaurants will be closed on New Year’s Day, these dishes can be ordered at any time. And we all know that unlike New Year’s Eve, hangovers come more than just once a year.

Donatella, Ms. Arapia’s eponymous new pizza joint, offers a special hangover pizza topped with sausage, lardo, a sunny-side-up egg, smoked mozzarella, pecorino, and basil for $16 as part of their Saturday and Sunday brunch specials.

German restaurant Heidelberg, meanwhile, features a “hangover special” of marinated herring with sour cream and boiled potatoes as part of its $29.95 prix fixe Sunday brunch.

Spicy food is often touted as a cure, and Mrs. Kim’s has just the thing: a Korean hangover stew of pork shoulder and belly, kimchi and tofu for $15. And it’s available for dinner too–perfect for après day-drinking!

A different Korean dish is the “hangover soup” made from shredded beef and bean sprouts served with salted shrimp sauce at Cho Dang Gol for $13.95.

The Mitraillette is billed as “The Hangover Sandwich” at the 20th and 17th Street locations of Petite Abeille. It’s a burger served with sautéed onions, Belgian fries, and ketchup on a challah baguette for $13.50.

Hangovers must be as common in Begium as in Korea (maybe it’s all the beer). Resto’s option is the $14 Belgian hangover pasta, which is made with ham, gruyere, sunny-side-up egg, and is available for lunch and brunch.

And if things are so bad that you can’t stomach food, try the hangover cure juice at Peacefood Café. A $6 (or $7 for a large) combo of apple, orange, carrot, celery, and ginger juices should help the aspirin go down.

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There comes a time in a family when we all have to step back and see what is really going on.  My family has been cooking a traditional Christmas dinner since I can remember.  We’ve added family members and (sadly) some have left us, but we continue with the same meal.

Not just my mom, my grandma, my sister and I, there are now 7 adults and 4 children.  We all have varying tastes and ideas about what a Christmas meal should entail.  This year we are ordering from Rascal House.  We can take care of the vegetarians in the family with a freshly tossed salad and a terrific Greek pizza (and the not-so-veggies can enjoy these as well!)  and the kids can have their hot, yummy pepperoni pizza.  For the “grown ups” (am I really considered one this year?)  You can bet we have plans for a delicious deli tray made from the freshest cut deli meats and cheeses and a veggie tray to keep those hungry tummies at bay!

I know I won’t have time to bake this year, so a cookie tray is probably first on my list.  The freshness of a Rascal House cookie tray rivals only Grandma’s!  (I don’t think she would mind me saying that :) )

And last but not least … the pasta.  Yum… Rigatoni or Spaghetti?  Good thing I still have a couple of days to decide!

No!  When reading about the history of DST, I was very surprised to read how long it has actually been employed.  Expecting a mid 20th century birthday, I was clearly wrong.  There is evidence to suggest that even ancient Rome used a method of DST because their “clocks” were set differently depending on what month it was.

Actually, modern daylight savings time was invented by George Vernon Hudson, a entomologist from New Zealand.  Huh!

A story posted on Beacon Journal on 12 October 2010 makes note of a new library policy to only keep 2 of each text book housed in the library – which means hundreds of books are being destroyed.  The reason sited is that there is no money to build additional housing for books and that online versions are available (which cost nothing to store).

Is this the middle of the end of the printed book?  Below you’ll find the article.

Lacking storage, Ohio tosses out college books

By Associated Press

POSTED: 08:50 a.m. EDT, Oct 12, 2010

COLUMBUS: Ohio is thinning out its collections of spillover books from 13 university libraries because warehouses are running out of room.

The state has five book depositories and doesn’t have the funds to build more. So librarians say their goal is to leave just two physical copies statewide of lesser-used academic books and journals.

A consortium that includes Ohio’s university libraries and the State Library of Ohio says hundreds of reference materials have already been donated or recycled.

Ohio State University history professor Kevin Boyle calls the policy catastrophic. He tells The Columbus Dispatch books are being lost for good.

The OhioLINK consortium maintains there’s less need for printed copies of works because electronic versions are available.


Congratulations to Ken Lanci for entering the Cuyahoga County Executive race. Lanci is running as an independent, and with his successful business track record and passion for this region, he is absolutely the right person to turn this county around.

Lanci is committed to working for just $1 a year, donating the rest of his salary back to the county. And since it is campaign finances that has corrupted the county in the first place, he will not accept contributions from county employees, or more than $250 from individual donors.

Lanci is a refreshing candidate and has our support on Election Day. Learn more about him at And follow him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The Downtown Location continues to host Acousitc Night in our PUB every Thursday night, starting around 8 or 9pm.  The venue is free of charge and there is no purchase necessary to see a performance.

The following is an excerpt taken from the Myspace page of  Acoustic Night performer, Brent Kirby.   See him live at the Pub inside Rascal House’s downtown location on Thursday September 30th, 2010

Brent Kirby is a night’s stroll with a rock n’ roll romantic. This does not mean Kirby’s merely a smitten troubadour, or a bard for the wayward but colorful life of musicians. Though his own songs bring up those immortal topics, Kirby’s romanticism is much bigger than that.

His songs start with the introspective stir of strum and voice, but not unlike his performances, gradually move outward, embrace the listener. There might be a melancholy shade to some of Kirby’s songs, but ultimately, they’re colored by faith, hope, and love. Those qualities are all in abundance on his solo record, Last Song On The Soundtrack. Last Song On The Soundtrack starts out with the laid back country-rock of “Silently Stepping Out”.

Kirby, having lived in places as varied as Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Cleveland, has acquired a keen narrator’s eye. This optimistic ode might detail loneliness, but drummer JJ Juliano’s buoyant beat turns “Silently Stepping Out” into an anthem. Brent’s tells a honky-tonk tale of gigs upon gigs in “Dream The Night Away”, not as nightly grinds but as places where dreams really come to life in gritty color. “Lonesome Holiday” pays homage to Springsteen not merely in its arrangement, but also in its lyrical longing. Kirby’s “Truth Tonight” brings to mind “People Get Ready” and “Tupelo Honey” while adding the insistence of an uncertain lover. “Holding That’s Hard” showcases a bit of the rock he’s known for in the band he fronts, the Jack Fords; Al Moss’s distorted pedal steel sweeps through this jam like a long-lost Pink Floyd tune. This slow burner done, Kirby ends Last Song On The Soundtrack with the simply pretty “All I’ve Ever Wanted”. Tales are told, wishes are made, and when all’s said and done, “All I’ve Ever Wanted” lists the bounties of the soul. Not gold, not a “big ol’ chrome car to drive”, not fame, but the simple pleasure of deep and abiding companionship.

A similar emotion propels Kirby in a live setting as well. Solo, or with a band, he puts forth a heartfelt sincerity that’s been honed by countless gigs and a sheer desire for perfection.

Health experts tell us that there is no one diet that is called the “Mediterranean Diet,” but there are indeed several components in the eating styles of the people in countries such as Greece, Italy and Syria that promote longer and healthier lives.

Rascal House looks forward to adding many healthy options to our menu in the near future.  Our recent FAGE Yogurt is a delicious, creamy treat that tastes how yogurt is supposed to taste!  Our hummus platter is another new item which makes us proud.  Did you know that hummus is a complete protein?

Below is an excerpt from the American Heart Association website with some additional information on what makes a Mediterranean Diet so unique and beneficial:

Mediterranean Diet

What is the “Mediterranean” diet?There’s no one “Mediterranean” diet. At least 16 countries border the Mediterranean Sea. Diets vary between these countries and also between regions within a country. Many differences in culture, ethnic background, religion, economy and agricultural production result in different diets. But the common Mediterranean dietary pattern has these characteristics:

  • high consumption of fruits, vegetables, bread and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds
  • olive oil is an important monounsaturated fat source
  • dairy products, fish and poultry are consumed in low to moderate amounts, and little red meat is eaten
  • eggs are consumed zero to four times a week
  • wine is consumed in low to moderate amounts

Does a Mediterranean-style diet follow American Heart Association dietary recommendations?

Mediterranean-style diets are often close to our dietary recommendations, but they don’t follow them exactly. In general, the diets of Mediterranean peoples contain a relatively high percentage of calories from fat. This is thought to contribute to the increasing obesity in these countries, which is becoming a concern.

People who follow the average Mediterranean diet eat less saturated fat than those who eat the average American diet. In fact, saturated fat consumption is well within our dietary guidelines.

More than half the fat calories in a Mediterranean diet come from monounsaturated fats (mainly from olive oil). Monounsaturated fat doesn’t raise blood cholesterol levels the way saturated fat does.

Hip hop is one of the most popular genres of today’s Billboard charts
- it is a major part of the cultural world we live in. Although
today’s youth are often attracted by the braggadocio and “bling” of
top rap hits, there is a rich history behind the music.

Hip hop’s roots originated in the poverty and crime stricken South
Bronx, NYC in the 1970. The founders of the movement consider hip hop
to be defined as a broad term that describes a culture, which includes
dance (breakdancing), music (DJing/beatboxing), words (rapping), art
(graffiti), as well as specific fashion trends and slang. Originally
strictly party music, rap began as nothing more than short, simple
rhymes shouted out by the host of a party as the DJ rocked the house
with funk, soul, Motown, reggae, and R&B records. Once the star of the
party, eventually the DJ took second stage to these rappers who
developed longer and more complex rhymes. Dancers got in on the
creative spirit as well, and they would often compete for crowd
approval during extended “breaks” of songs. DJs eventually finessed
their skills into the art form of turntablism, perfecting scratches
and blending multiple records at the same time to impress the party

Hip hop today at its best has evolved into a complex culture. The
lyrics of modern hip hop often carry double meanings / messages in the
same tradition as spirituals; challenge yourself to look beyond the
surface and to dig deeply into this amazingly creative music and come
to appreciate it as an art form. Some talented rappers can sustain
double and triple entendres, extended metaphors, and purposeful
mispronounciation of words to blur meaning – all in a freestyle improv
reminiscent of the greatest jazz players.  Talented DJs and producers
embark on a quest for beats without genre discrimination, seeking
fresh music from unusual sources – Broadway musicals, commercial and
television themes, obscure blues records, heavy metal, and Bollywood
tunes. Listen to the radio – hip hop is full of samples of all styles.
It is not always easy to open our ears but we MUST, and perhaps come
to appreciate the history of one of today’s most popular genres.

To meet Linda Hutchinson, one is immediately aware that her mind is whirling.  She studies your face intently, she listens closer than anyone I’ve known and she sees things that most people can’t, or choose not to see.  She is modest about her life, but confident in her profession:  she is an artist, a painter and she is my friend.

Linda is as eloquent with words as with a brush …

“My work has evolved into painting because of my own disappointment in words, which are often excessive, transitory and over- or under- loaded with meaning. I am intrigued by human behavior and seek to unearth that which lies beneath the surface, sometimes a sublime gesture, a memory, a visual metaphor… often contradictions, a truth for which there are no words.

I am searching for something soulful, something noble.”
So the question is:  What has evolved YOU?
What are YOU searching for?